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Hammered Copper vs Smooth Copper vs Fiberglass Timpani
By Percussion Source
10/25/2014 11:11:00 AM

Copper is the traditional material for timpani and lends itself well to the pitch range of the drum while being moldable to achieve different tonal characteristics. Hammering the copper has the same effect on resonance and sustain as it does on bronze cymbals by allowing the material to vibrate more freely.


Fiberglass is a hard, reflective material that is easily shaped into a bowl with a more narrow pitch response and a shorter sustain than copper. Fiberglass is cheaper overall and is a good choice for intermediate schools, smaller churches, and theaters



                   
                        Fibeglass                                                                        Smooth Copper

                       
 The main characteristics of fiberglass timpani are a                         Copper gives a richer and more vivid tone than fiberglass.
 lower weight and cost effectiveness. Fiberglass drums                     There is only a small difference in weight compared to
 offer a great value and fantastic performance quality.                       fiberglass, but a much improved projection and sustain.




                  Hammered Copper                                                              Hammered Cambered Copper

                       
This type of bowl has the best price-quality ratio                               This type of bowl is the top-of-the-range model. The 
Compared to the Polished Copper you pay a little                             quality of the tone is really focused. The tone is very
more, but you get a tone that is more focused and                           warm.
direct.


Republished with permission from Pearl


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Tags: timpani, bowls, hammered copper, smooth copper, fiberglass
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